World Book Day 2016 at Brook Green Centre for Learning!
There was a buzz of excitement around Brook Green on Thursday 3rd March 2016 as it was World Book Day! Our theme for the day was Horrible Histories: Crime and Punishment. Mrs Moore (our HLTA in English) organised a wide variety of amazing trips for the day. Some students dressed up for the day and their costumes ranged from a prisoner, Victorian police officer and a pirate!
Years 7 and 8 went to Dartmoor Prison Museum and examined aspects of crime and punishment at Dartmoor over the years. They saw contraband confiscated from prisoners including homemade weapons. They also looked at the other gruesome displays including mock ups of prison cells. Students were really impressed with the craftwork made by prisoners and some of them even purchased items such as wooden planes and decorated horseshoes.
Year 9 were lucky enough to visit Devonport Heritage site where they looked at our past naval history including crime and punishments for any misdemeanor committed by naval personnel. They all agreed that it was amazing and particularly enjoyed the periscope looking over the River Tamar and the fabulous figureheads that towered above them.
Years 10 and 11 ventured to the 18th century Bodmin Jail where they toured around the dungeons over the six floors and also examined the displays. Some students were so fascinated with the detail and content that they explored the site twice. Students learned about horrific crimes committed in Cornwall in the past and the trip also included the grim and dark prison cells specially reserved for any Naval personnel who went AWOL. They experienced the hanging pit (not literally) and learned that a certain holiday company used to detour to Bodmin so that tourists could watch the hangings. Students were aghast to learn that this was an actual tourist attraction. They also learnt that the last man to be hanged there was in 1909!We all agreed that it was a fabulous day and a great way to find out about our local history and the past. Our Humanities department will be taking students to revisit the Heritage site in Plymouth to explore it further. Watch this space for next year's themes!